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Chris Tillman | Starting Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Tillman was lit up for seven runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Blue Jays on Thursday.
Tillman's defense is definitely weaker this year with J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop injured and Nick Markakis gone, and while that's not entirely what ails him, it does hurt. Given that his velocity is fine, he should bounce back and go back to being a reasonable middle-of-the-rotation guy for the Orioles. He's not fantasy worthy in mixed leagues. Apr 23 - 10:07 PM

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Chris Tillman hurled 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday as the Orioles topped the Red Sox.

It was a nice bounceback from his last start, in which he gave up seven runs -- three earned -- to the Blue Jays and didn't make it out of the third inning. Tillman struck out five Red Sox and walked two on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park, moving to 2-1 on the season with a 5.52 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and 10/8 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. He will face the Blue Jays on the road next time out.
Apr 18 - 7:39 PM

Chris Tillman was hit hard by the Blue Jays in Sunday's start, giving up seven runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings.

Dalton Pompey greeted Tillman rudely with a first-inning two-run home run. Kevin Pillar hit a solo homer in the second, and then the Jays struck for four unearned runs in the third inning thanks to a Travis Snider fielding error. Overall, Tillman allowed six hits and three walks while striking out only one. Tillman will try to rebound in his next start over the weekend in Boston against the Red Sox.
Apr 12 - 5:17 PM

Chris Tillman yielded one run in 6 2/3 innings in Monday's 6-2 win over the Rays on Opening Day.

The only damage was a solo homer by Evan Longoria in his final inning of work. Tillman gave up just four hits and walked three while fanning four batters. While he's the closest thing the Orioles have to an ace right now, he's mostly a back-end option in standard mixed fantasy leagues.
Apr 6 - 6:32 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Orioles and Chris Tillman were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension before his Opening Day deadline.

Tillman indicated he didn't want to negotiate during the season, so it appears that the two sides will table talks until the offseason. He's not scheduled to hit free agency until after the 2018 season, so there's still plenty of time for the two sides to work something out.
Apr 5 - 10:57 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Orioles are not close to an extension with Chris Tillman.

Heyman says the two sides are "still working," but Tillman and his agent have set an Opening Day deadline and that leaves very little time to get something worked out. Tillman can't become a free agent until 2018, so there's no major hurry here. The 26-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.42 ERA and 1.195 WHIP in 499 2/3 innings over the last three seasons and will start for the Orioles on Opening Day against the Rays.
Apr 2 - 10:49 AM

Chris Tillman struck out eight over five innings of two-run ball in his final Grapefruit League start Wednesday against the Pirates.

The Orioles' Opening Day starter made one mistake, which Pedro Alvarez hit for a two-run homer. Tillman only allowed three hits on the night, and he didn't walk a batter. The start was the final outing of a strong spring from the right-hander. He finished with a 2.76 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings, and he's trending in the right direction ahead of Monday's opener at Tampa Bay.
Apr 1 - 10:38 PM

Chris Tillman has been tagged as the Orioles' Opening Day starter.

No surprise here. The 26-year-old Tillman is Baltimore's ace and pitched to a 3.34 ERA over a career-high 207-plus innings in 2014, marking the second-straight year he's gone over 200 frames. Over the last three seasons, he holds a 3.42 ERA and 1.195 WHIP.
Mar 31 - 12:44 PM

Chris Tillman said Thursday that he doesn't want to discuss his contract with the Orioles beyond Opening Day.

So that's the deadline for the current negotiations between the O's and Tillman's agent. Tillman can't become a free agent until 2018, but the Orioles are interested in buying out his arbitration years (at the very least). The 26-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.42 ERA and 1.195 WHIP in 499 2/3 innings over the last three seasons.
Mar 26 - 3:11 PM

The Orioles and Chris Tillman's representatives are discussing a long-term contract extension, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

The two sides likely won't negotiate after the season starts, Sherman said. The right-hander has been very good for the O's since 2012, winning 38 games and posting a 3.42 ERA in 82 starts. Tillman won't be a free agent until 2018, so there's no great urgency to get something done quickly.
Mar 22 - 9:20 AM

Chris Tillman held the Pirates to one run in four innings and struck out five in the Orioles' 6-4 win Thursday.

Tillman was making just his second official start of the spring after pitching two scoreless innings 10 days ago. He's in line to serve as Baltimore's Opening Day starter.
Mar 19 - 5:37 PM

Orioles and RHP Chris Tillman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.315 million contract.

It's the second-highest salary ever for a first-time arbitration-eligible starter (David Price holds the record). Tillman earned the raise after putting up a 3.34 ERA across 34 starts last season for Baltimore.
Jan 16 - 2:17 PM

According to Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, the Orioles and Chris Tillman have mutual interest in a contract extension.

The 26-year-old hurler is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, and isn't set to hit free agency until 2018. He has logged over 200 innings in each of the past two seasons, posting a 29-13 mark with a 3.52 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 3 - 9:22 AM

Chris Tillman would start Game 5 of the ALCS against the Royals if the Orioles are still alive.

That's also assuming that he's not used in relief on Wednesday, as it will be all hands on deck in an elimination game. Tillman gave up five runs over 4 1/3 innings in Game 1.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 02:01:00 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that Chris Tillman is an option to start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Royals on Wednesday.

Showalter likely won't make a final decision until after Game 3. Tillman gave up five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in Game 1 last Friday. He would be going on normal rest if he gets the call in Game 4. Using Miguel Gonzalez is the alternative.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 04:50:00 PM

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C1Matt Wieters
2Caleb Joseph
1B1Chris Davis
2Ryan Lavarnway
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Ryan Flaherty
3Jimmy Paredes
SS1J.J. Hardy
2Everth Cabrera
3Rey Navarro
3B1Manny Machado
LF1Alejandro De Aza
2Delmon Young
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Travis Snider
2David Lough
DH1Steve Pearce
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Tillman
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Bud Norris
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Ubaldo Jimenez
Relief Pitcher
R1Zach Britton
2Tommy Hunter
3Darren O'Day
4Brian Matusz
5Wesley Wright
6Brad Brach
7Jason Garcia
8Kevin Gausman